LATIN AMERICAN REVOLUTIONS Aim: Were the Latin American Revolutions a Success or a Failure? Do Now: Read handouts and answer questions

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  • Aim: Were the Latin American Revolutions a Success or a Failure?

    Do Now: Read handouts and answer questions

  • It takes a revolution.WHAT WERE THE PROBLEMS?to make a solution.- Bob Marley



  • PROBLEMS IN THE SPANISH EMPIRE* Political Disempowerment:Spanish colonies were run by the Council of the Indies, a group appointed by the King that met in Spain and sent its directives across the Atlantic. Those directives were carried out by the viceroys, officials appointed by Spain to govern the colonies.* Economic Disempowerment:Spain had the first right to colonial goods and resources. Excluding all competitors, economic policy was set for Spains maximum benefit.


  • THE ENLIGHTENMENT* Government is based on a contract between the ruler and the ruled.BEFORE: Kings are placed on the throne by G-d. Only G-d can remove them.* Government exists to protect the citizens natural rights of life, liberty, & property.* If the government violates the natural rights of the people, the citizens have a right to revolt against that tyranny.

  • THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION* The success of the American Revolution showed others that colonies could succeed in overthrowing their more powerful mother countries.

  • THE FRENCH REVOLUTION* Napoleon crowns himself emperor of France in 1804.* In an attempt to rule all of Europe, he puts family and friends in charge of the territories he has conquered.* In 1810, Napoleon puts his brother Joseph on the throne of Spain. The Spanish royal family flees.


  • SIMON BOLIVAR* Called the George Washington of South America.* Liberated territories of modern day Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, & Bolivia* Plan for a federated Latin America was crushed by political in-fighting.

  • JOSE DE SAN MARTIN* Creole officer who had trained in European armies.* Liberated Argentina from Spanish control.* Met with Bolivar in Guayaquil in 1822. While Bolivar favored democracy, San Martin felt only monarchy could work. Turned over command.* Died in obscurity in Europe.

  • MIGUEL HIDALGO* Highly educated Creole priest assigned to town of Dolores. * September 16, 1810: El Grito de Dolores.

    * Led a rag-tag army toward Mexico City, unleashing mass slaughter of peninsulares in path.* Never made it to the capital -- Captured and shot in 1811.Hidalgo rang the church bell and called upon his mestizo and indigenous parishioners to take up arms against the Spanish.

  • JOSE MORELOS*Mestizo Priest who took over from Hidalgo.* Established a congress which: *Created a declaration of rights *Abolished slavery *Declared equality of classes*Captured and executed in December 1815

  • You say you want a revolution, Well, you know.How has the tone changed from Bob Marley?EFFECTSEFFECTSEFFECTSEFFECTSEFFECTSEFFECTS


  • POLITICAL: THE CAUDILLOS* By 1830, nearly all Latin American countries were ruled by caudillos.* The upper classes supported dictatorship because it kept the lower classes out of power.* The lower classes did not have experience with democracy. Dictatorship seemed normal.WHY?

  • INTERNATIONAL: THE MONROE DOCTRINEThe American continentsare henceforth not to be considered as subjects for future colonization by any European powers. - James Monroe, 1823

  • WHY?* The War of 1812 with Britain had shown the U.S. that some-times revolutionary victories could lead to sequels.* The U.S. had political and economic interests in keeping Europe out of the Western hemisphere. From 1823 on, it would be the U.S. backyard.* Though the U.S. did not have the muscle to back up its threats, Great Britain agreed to support the Monroe Doctrine due to its new favorable trading position in Latin America.

  • ECONOMIC: ONE-CROP ECONOMIES* Now that trade was not restricted to the mother country, the U.S. and Great Britain became the new countries major trading partners.* A colonial economy continuedLatin America mainly exported cash crops and raw materials while importing manufactured goods.

  • AN IMBALANCE OF TRADE* As the imbalance of trade grew, Latin American countries took out large loans from the U.S., Britain, and Germany to build infrastructure.* When the countries could not pay back their loans, foreign lenders gained control of major industries in Latin America.

  • THE QUESTION OF LAND* Thus, the creoles replaced the peninsulares at the top of the social pyramid, but other classes remained at the bottom of the ladder.* Once the Spaniards were expelled, the new governments seized their lands and put them up for sale, BUT.only the creoles could afford to buy them.NO!

  • Dictatorship of the Council of the Indies and the ViceroysDictatorship of the CaudillosUnequal trade relationship with Spain benefitingUnequal trade relationship with Great Britain and the U.S. benefitingNative Spaniards at the top of the social ladder, followed by creoles, and with the rest of the population at the bottomCreoles at the top of the ladder with the rest of the population at the bottom.Summary




  • BOLIVARS LAST WORD* Simon Bolivar had taken up the cause of independence hoping to establish a new order where Latin American countries would be free, democratic, and federated (in agreement to work together.) Instead, upon his death, he saw a world in which dictators ruled and disunity reigned. Disgusted by what he saw, he gave this warning to future generations:America is ungovernable for us. He who serves a revolution plows the sea.